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7th Grade Course Descriptions

Core Classes

 

7th Grade Eastern Geography

In 7th grade geography, students will be studying the why of where - places, patterns of settlements, and global interactions. Students will study the concepts of economics and the impact of recent history on contemporary events. We will be discussing spatial patterns of human and physical characteristics of the world and its people, and explore how these patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another in the Eastern Hemisphere. The Eastern Hemisphere studies will include Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Oceania.

 

7th Grade English

English is a required class for 7th grade students to further develop grammar and writing skills. This class will focus on proper grammar and the recursive writing process. Students will be expected to write narrative, informative, and persuasive essays as well as complete a research project.

 

7th Grade Math

Seventh Grade Math is required for all seventh graders. In our math class we will cover objectives involving numbers and operations, algebra and algebraic reasoning, geometry, and data/probability. In this class we will work hard to master state standards to be prepared for state testing at the end of the school year. Students will use the skills they learn in 7th grade mathematics to move forward to Pre-Algebra the next school year.

 

7th Grade Pre-Algebra (Honors)

Pre-Algebra is offered to seventh grade students as an honors class. This class is designed for students who have above average mathematics skills, and are willing to go beyond a normal course load. Students who enroll in Honors Pre-Algebra will be required to learn Pre-Algebra Oklahoma State Standards, as well as 7th Grade Math State Standards.

 

7th Grade Reading

Reading increases test scores, vocabulary, and overall knowledge. The goal of this course is to improve students’ reading skills and instill a love of reading that will last a lifetime. The 7th grade reading coursework will include:

  • Literature - short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and novels/Accelerated Reader. Students must get 10 points per nine weeks. Accelerated Reader counts as one test grade each nine weeks.
  • Writing - short answer questions, analysis of literature

 

7th Grade Honors Reading

This course is designed to prepare students for future honors classes in Language Arts. Lessons are more demanding, and students are expected to devote more time and energy to this class than they would to on-level Reading classes. The 7th grade honors reading coursework will include:

  • Literature - short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and novels. Students will be assigned independent book projects each nine weeks in addition to daily classwork. IF A STUDENT DOES NOT ENJOY READING, THEY SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.
  • Analysis - various types of in-class discussion methods. Each student is expected to bring something to the table - questions or comments.
  • Writing - short answer questions, analysis of literature

 

7th Grade Science

This 7th grade science course will cover the key science concepts as outlined in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. The course is separated into three major topics. These topics are Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science.  The main goal of this course is to develop an understanding of modern science and technology through experimentation and inquiry. Students will participate in labs and projects that will develop the following skills: writing, math, inquiry, time management, cooperation, and presentation skills.

 

7th Grade Honors Science

This 7th grade honors science course will cover the key science concepts as outlined in the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science. The course is separated into three major topics. These topics are life science, physical science, and earth/space science. The main goal of this course is to develop an understanding of modern science and technology through experimentation and inquiry. Students will participate in labs and projects that will develop the following skills: writing, math, inquiry, time management, cooperation, and presentation skills. Students in honors science will be expected to think critically to solve problems. Higher level writing skills will also be expected of the students. Students in honors science will be required to complete a science fair project and compete in the Hilldale Middle School Science Fair, Muskogee Regional Science Fair, and State Science Fair. Students will only compete at the regional and state fair if they qualify.

 

Electives

 

Art

Art is a class designed to allow students to experiment with a variety of two- and three-dimensional art forms, art history, and art criticism. Students will experience a variety of different mediums including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and clay. Students will learn new vocabulary along with how to write and talk about their artwork. Students will learn what it really means to be an artist along with exploring the variety of different jobs available within the art field.

 

Athletics

The purpose of the Hilldale Athletic program is to teach the participant to accept success and adversity (i.e. winning and losing). The program instills in the individual the desire to do his/her best at all times, to display good sportsmanship under any circumstance, to develop a mature attitude, and to develop a spirit of cooperation. The goal of the program is to be competitive in every sport, strive for excellence, stress academics, and enable each student to be the best athlete and team player possible.

 

Band

This class is for 7th and 8th grade students that have beginning experience in band. All performances are required (at least two per year).

 

Chorus

Chorus is an introduction to chorus techniques with emphasis on vocal skills, music reading, and performance. Chorus will be available for any student interested in choir in grades 6th through 8th. Students do not have to audition to be in this choir. There are 2 concerts (winter and spring). Some outside of school practice and performance required. Attendance at all rehearsals/concerts is mandatory.

 

Computers I

During this course, students will learn how to type by touch and use Microsoft Office. The class focuses on Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel.

 

Computers II

Students will complete practice sets using word processing, spreadsheets, databases, power point, desktop publishing, QBASIC programming, web page design using HTML and Microsoft Word, basic photo editing, and Internet research.

 

Current Events

This class is available to 7th and 8th grade students to broaden their knowledge of the events taking place locally and around the world.

 

Drama

From the history, to designing, to acting on stage, students will get a well-rounded education over the art of theatre. Students are not required to be in the musical to be in the class; however, we will work as a team to help create props for the musical. Topics covered in this class include history of theatre, theatre etiquette, types of theatre, roles of theatre, and basics of acting.

 

Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) is an elective class for students enrolled in seventh or eighth grade. This two-semester course is designed to provide students with basic information and skills needed to function effectively within the family and within a changing, complex society. Emphasis is given to the development of competencies related to: family and individual health, nutrition and food selection, meal planning, food preparation and service, career skills, relationships, wardrobe planning and selection, garment care and construction, basic sewing skills, money management, and consumer education. Upon completion of this course, the student should have developed basic life skills that promote a positive influence on the quality of life. 

 

Health

This course provides an introduction to basic personal health and wellness. Emphasis is on current health issues such as nutrition, mental health, and fitness.

 

Physical Education

Students learn motor skills, personal and social development, and healthy enhancing activities. They also learn responsible health and safety behavior. Students enrolled in athletics may not enroll in this class.

 

Title I Reading

Title I Reading is designed to assist students who need extra help in Reading. This class focuses on individual reading skills in an effort to prepare students for the state reading test in April. Instruction is based on individual weaknesses, but includes phonics, spelling, grammar, literary analysis, and fluency.

 

English Learners

This class is offered to those students who have been identified as speaking another language in their homes. The focus of this class is to prepare students for the annual WIDA exam that is given every February to test for English language fluency. The focus of this class is on English speaking, writing, listening, and reading.

Hilldale Public Schools313 E Peak Blvd.Muskogee, OK  74403

918-683-0273

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